Ya, let’s have some laughs…a little infantile…but there is a reason for my madness. Let me explain.
Earlier today, my mom and dad were farting around on the web, after my dad made some observations that the squirrels around our house are full of bite marks and scars from previous battles. He could not believe such happy little creatures could be so vicious.
Well, my mom set him straight…by showing him some YouTube videos of squirrels fighting each other, beating up birds and even snakes…and in doing so, she got sucked in to the black hole that is YouTube.
Soon she was looking and listening to all sorts of animal attacks and then strange animal sounds, coming upon a frog in Australia, that sounds just like a mountain lion.
And that is when YouTube began to “suggest” videos of news anchors farting on live TV…which she had to show me:
Hey, she sure as hell handled it great!!!!
Doing what FOX does best, talking out of their ass
Oh…now that is funny.
In fact, when my mom read that comment out loud…she farted while laughing…and me? Well, I almost peed my pants.
Now, for something serious. World Toilet Day aims to make sanitary conditions available for all | Al Jazeera Americas
Demonstrators carry signs to mark World Toilet Day in New Delhi, India on Nov. 19.Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images
On Tuesday much of the underdeveloped world celebrates World Toilet Day, which is meant to bring focus to the diseases and social unrest that can occur when people don’t have sanitary places to relieve themselves. While the World Toilet Organization, the Singapore-based non-profit behind the celebratory day has been around since 2001, this is the first day the United Nations has supported the event.
“We must break the taboos and make sanitation for all a global development a priority,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday.
Ban stressed that having access to a toilet is an extremely serious issue. They help prevent the spread of diseases that have ravaged many poor areas around the world.
Each year, more than 800,000 children under five die from diarrhea, the U.N. said, many due to poor sanitation.
Lack of access to clean bathrooms in schools also deters many women and girls from pursuing their education after they reach puberty, says a report titled “We Can’t Wait” from WaterAid, a private agency working with the U.N. and Unilever, the multinational consumer goods company.
“Sanitation is central to human and environmental health,” said Ban as he launched a campaign to end open defecation by the 2025 and cut in half the number of people lacking decent sanitation. “It is essential for sustainable development, dignity and opportunity.”
By working together — and by having a frank and open discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation — we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family,” added Ban. “That is the goal of World Toilet Day.”
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Tonight’s the playoffs for the Union County Panther’s. They are playing a top ranked US team, so it is probably likely the last game of the season. It sure is exciting. Anyway…so let’s go Panthers!
Now for the cartoons.
I think if Cartman was a cartoon of “death” that fat one above is what he would look like.
And that woman there looks like Harvey Corman in drag.
Okay, but seriously, here is one for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan…
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That has to be one of the scariest radar images I have ever seen…Super Typhoon Haiyan Could Be One Of The Strongest Storms In World History
Super Typhoon Haiyan — which is one of the strongest storms in world history based on maximum windspeed — is about to plow through the Central Philippines, producing a potentially deadly storm surge and dumping heavy rainfall that could cause widespread flooding. The densely populated city of Manila, home to 12 million, is in the storm’s path, although it is predicted to escape the worst of the winds and storm surge.
Enhanced satellite image of Super Typhoon Haiyan showing the telltale “donut” appearance of an intense tropical cyclone. Credit: U-Wisconsin-CIMSS via Twitter/@Ryan_Maue.
As of Thursday afternoon Eastern time, Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, had estimated maximum sustained winds of 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph, which puts the storm in extraordinarily rare territory. Since 1969, only three storms have had sustained winds close to this magnitude — Hurricane Camille in 1969, Super Typhoon Tip in 1979, and Hurricane Allen in 1980. No storm in the Atlantic has ever been stronger than Haiyan, accoring to The Weather Channel.
Haiyan is capable of causing catastrophic damage in the central Philippines and its outer bands are already starting to affect the island nation.
Then you have to look at what this thing looks like from space:
For the past 24 hours, the storm has remained at a strength close to the theoretical upper limit that cyclones can reach. Unlike in the tropical North Atlantic, there is no aircraft reconnaissance of tropical storms and typhoons in the Western Pacific, so the actual wind speeds and minimum central air pressure — two key parameters used to classify such storms — are being estimated using satellites.
Wide-angle satellite image showing Super Typhoon Haiyan approach the Philippines. Credit: Facebook/EUMETSAT.
I hope that people find safe places to shelter during the storm…it is going to be bad.
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Well, it seems the new research in this latest study is a little more than obvious, at least as it relates to humans…go figure: Stress makes snails forgetful
Researchers from the University of Exeter and the University of Calgary trained snails and found that when they were exposed to multiple stressful events they were unable remember what they had learned.
Previous research has shown that stress also affects human ability to remember. This study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that experiencing multiple stressful events simultaneously has a cumulative detrimental effect on memory.
Dr Sarah Dalesman, a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, from the University of Exeter, formally at the University of Calgary, said: “It’s really important to study how different forms of stress interact as this is what animals, including people, frequently experience in real life. By training snails, and then observing their behaviour and brain activity following exposure to stressful situations, we found that a single stressful event resulted in some impairment of memory but multiple stressful events prevented any memories from being formed.”
Interesting…but what I find really fascinating is this next nugget of information:
The pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis, has easily observable behaviours linked to memory and large neurons in the brain, both useful benefits when studying memory processes. They also respond to stressful events in a similar way to mammals, making them a useful model species to study learning and memory.
Scientists trained the snails to not to breathe air as often as they usually do…you can read how they do this at the link. Turns out when stressful conditions were added to the mix, the snails would forget to breathe the way they had been trained.
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I just found out that there was another armed gunman running around another school/university today.
Take a look at that link, it goes to USA Today, the little dot…which is the “logo” is dripping blood.
Tasteful? Classy? (I’m being sarcastic of course.) I don’t know if it is a left-over of Halloween, but it is November 4th.
Okay, now for a few quick links…it has been a very busy day for me, and these links are avoiding news oriented “stuff.”
Speaking of class, the Christian Science Monitor is asking: What is your social class? Take our quiz to find out!
How do you feel about gospel music? Pedestrian crosswalks? Humanity in general? Your social class is more complex than your salary or your educational pedigree.
This quiz is based on polling data and peer-reviewed research from an array of academic fields which have explored how socioeconomic status helps shape our inner and social lives.
No data set, of course, can account for all of the experiences that make your perspective unique, and some of these questions will reflect your own circumstances more precisely than others – but answer all of them as well as you can.
Be honest, and enjoy!
See if you are a snob or a happy peasant….I took the test and found I am middle to lower…my adverbs are odd. Even though I am educated with high class number of books in my possession, I do not use the -ly adverbs as those with higher education usually do. It was actually spot on in a bunch of things.
Later this month Turner Classic Movies is sponsoring an auction at Bonhams: Bonhams : What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction as Curated by TCM
Lot 36A Shirley Temple majorette jacket from Poor Little Rich GirlUS$ 20,000 – 30,000Lot 31Two preliminary drafts of Preston Sturges’ The Great McGintyUS$ 3,000 – 5,000
You have to take a look at some of those items, and what the expected price some of them are at…wow!
So that takes care of Class, and Lights Camera Action, now for the other Lights: Diwali 2013: The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)
In 2013, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on Nov. 3 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepavali, which means a row of lights.
The festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness.
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu calendar and there are multiple reasons why Hindus celebrate this festival. The most popular narrative, based in the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana, is of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana returning to their kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. On that dark new moon night, the residents of Ayodhya joyfully lit oil lamps to welcome Rama, Sita and Lakshmana back to the kingdom.
There are over 50 pictures at that link…go and enjoy them.
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